Today, a case academy marked the 40th anniversary of the murder of national cause activists brothers Jusuf and Bardhosh Gërvalla and Kadri Zeka.
The President of Kosovo, Vjosa Osmani in her speech recalled their activity 40 years ago, until it was interrupted by the assassination of the Serbian UDB. Furthermore, she said that the three heroes died longing for Kosovo.
"Forty years ago their activity stopped violently, but they were very inspired after them. Our three heroes were killed by the UDB of Serbia. Today we bow before them and are thankful. Jusufi, Bardhoshi and Kadriu were seasoned with the idea of a Republic of Kosovo. Therefore, Jusufi, Bardhoshi and Kadriu are consistent and have survived many developments as patriots, they were clear that freedom is not individual. In an exchange of letters with fellow inmates, their freedom was clear. "All three heroes died with longing for Kosovo", said Osmani.
The Prime Minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti stressed that they have gathered to remember the work of the three heroes.
"Kosovo's freedom has been their eternal and daily dream. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the UDB assassination near Stuttgart, Germany. The killers remain unknown even though the organizer was known from the beginning the bloody UDB. I believe we share here that state-building or rather for the virtue of state-building is the relationship that needs to be worked out. In a hero's remembrance, but him as a state-builder as a liberator. And this time we are gathered to remember someone who has left us all the traces. We are here to remember Jusuf Gërvalla, Kadri Zeka and Bardhosh Gërvalla ", said Kurti.
Jusuf Gërvalla's granddaughter, Nora Gërvalla, who lives in Germany, also gave a speech at this academy. She said she has not had the opportunity to get to know her grandfather, but he will remain an example to all.
"I did not know my grandfather, my grandfather is an example for me, he fought for freedom. "I have spent most of my life in Germany, but I take Kosovo with me wherever I go," she said.
In this academy was also read a letter from Kadri Zeka's wife, Saime Isufi, who was not present due to the impossibility of traveling to Kosovo.
"I feel privileged to address you through this letter. It is no coincidence that the UDB fired on them, spreading propaganda that they had killed each other. We remembered Kadri and the Gërvalla brothers and we will remember them. Their activity should be an example against our enemy. "Their activity should be an example for our politicians who are often not finding common ground for major events," the letter reads.
The academy concluded with an artistic program in memory of the three activists of the national cause.
Otherwise, on January 17, 1982, brothers Jusuf and Bardhosh Gërvalla and Kadri Zeka were killed in an assassination attempt. The assassination of brothers Gërvalla and Kadri Zeka took place in Untergrupenbach, Germany. German state authorities have announced that unknown assassins have killed three Yugoslavs and that this was the new culmination of the secret war, in which Yugoslav security agents and opponents of the government fought among themselves.
After the Croats in exile, the Belgrade Government declared a bloody war on the Albanians coming from Kosovo. The assassination took place while the driver of the car (BMW 316, license plate: HN CY 353) pulled the car out of the garage, driving it backwards in the direction of the crossroads. In snowy weather, somewhere in the first 40 meters the car stopped after from a construction site on the right side, a person from a distance of three meters shot. In addition, another person fired and approached her to prove that they had achieved the goal.
Neighbors, frightened by the gunfire, saw two males fleeing. The car was left on, as Bardhosh had his foot on the gas pedal. As a result, the car continued to walk until it collided with a garage.
During this time, the driver died, while after the collision the engine was turned off. At the scene, the police found the driver of the car, Bardhosh Gërvalla, 31, dead, hit by six bullets, Kadri Zeka, killed by two bullet wounds to the body and Jusuf Gërvalla, 36, also seriously injured by two bullet wounds.
Der Spiegel (January 25, 1982) wrote about the motive of the crime that the quick identification of the victims also clarified their motive and political direction: “Yugoslavs in exile who belonged to the Albanian nationality from the province of Kosovo in the south of the Balkan state, and all three activists against the Belgrade government ". There were also notes about the perpetrators of the murder.
At the scene, Jusuf Gërvalla, who later died, had whispered to the police "It was the UDB".
Twelve times they had shot at the three men with 7,65 caliber pistols, ten blows had hit the heart, lungs and neck. A police officer at the scene said: "It all looked like after an execution." It was a method used by the secret service, as Siegfried Hubner, a sniper and police instructor from Stuttgart, put it: four bullets must be fired, "three to grab the victim if she is still standing, to knock her down and make her incapable of confrontation, and then the fourth necessary and deadly rewriting ”. The time and the assassination were the culmination of the Yugoslav secret service's quarrels with the regime's opponents in the outside world in those years.